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I recently bought my first sailboat and have been lovingly shelling out cash ever since, which is mildly unpopular with the wife. A good friend from Mission Bay Yacht Club has lit a candle, rather than curse my darkness.

He told me I should adopt the "BOAT UNIT" form of currency to lessen the shock of another essential bit of hardware coming aboard.

Simply put, 1 BOAT UNIT equals $100. When I told my wife a new handheld VHF was only 1.5 BOAT UNITS, she chuckled at the stupid currency conversion, rather than the usual eye roll associated with US Dollar expenses.

VOILA! I had turned her attention away from the boat and its expenses, and focused it squarely on my sanity, which is a permanent topic anyway!

P.S.- this may not work with college educated women
 

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I was under the impression that the BU was a recently minted coin, however my MBYC pal seems guilty of blatant plagarism.

And thanks for the conversion correction.
The good news is I can''t wait to tell the wife my handheld VHF is actually 10 times cheaper than I thought, and West Marine has put a refund check in the mail for 135 DeciBUs.
 

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Sorry, I made a conversion error...West Marine just called and my refund check is actually 135 CentiBUs, not 135 DeciBUs as previously posted.

In defence of my MBYC pal, the club is mostly one design racing (thistles, snipes, lidos, etc.) so the DeciBU must surely be the currency of choice, hence his error in suggesting the BU ratio of 100-1 applied to my 35 footer. Most MBYC club members are not familiar with boats you have to step up into, so I''m sure even the MilliBU is actively traded.

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thanks

What a great thread. I still haven't told my wife about the Icom M72 handheld VHF I just bought. I was thinking that putting "safety" equipment on the credit card didn't really count as an expense. I know I'll eventually tell her though, but now it's only .2 boat units! whew.

Luckily I don't have a boat and my club fee is a flat .2 units a month. I think that will keep me from spending too many units on this new hobby.

Ray
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John Vigor introduces a new currency in his book The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: The Fiscal Beer.

What with inflation etc, he figures quoted costs would soon be outdated but most of us would know the current price of a beer so he figures costs in Fiscal Beers, the unit being $2.50 now but subject to going up will still, he says, be comparable.

Are sailers becoming the next Cargo Cult ?
 
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